Judg­ment starts even be­fore the in­ter­view

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

IF you thought that ac­ing a job in­ter­view is all about an­swer­ing the ques­tions per­fectly, ask­ing the cor­rect ques­tions, and hav­ing an out­stand­ing CV, think again.

It’s not just about what hap­pens within the four walls in the pres­ence of the in­ter­view panel, nope. It’s about what hap­pens while you’re in the wait­ing room, when you in­tro­duce your­self to the re­cep­tion­ist, and it all starts the mo­ment you walk through the first of­fice door.

This is what you’re al­ready be­ing judged on:

Your wrin­kled clothes It’s called an iron - use it.

No it isn’t fair to be judged on your ap­pear­ance but you will be. First im­pres­sions last. An un­tidy ap­pear­ance com­mu­ni­cates that your work is un­tidy, you do not care about pre­sen­ta­tion, and that you don’t take any­thing se­ri­ously. It shouldn’t but it does.

No bro­ken shoes, no messy hair, make sure your beard is tidy, and even that dark dirt line un­der your fin­ger­nails shouldn’t be there. Rather re­move chipped nail pol­ish, and yes the in­ter­viewer is go­ing to see that small lit­tle hole as well as that small lit­tle stain on your pants, dress or shirt. First im­pres­sions last.

Your smell The as­so­ci­a­tions we make through smell are one of our most pow­er­ful and long last­ing. A pleas­ant smell has the power to make your com­pan­ion happy, while an un­pleas­ant smell…

You’d be amazed how many in­ter­vie­wees pitch up with cre­ative strange odours em­a­nat­ing from their pores. From al­co­hol to smoke to body odour, bad breath and please don’t re­move your pumps ei­ther.

Get a fresh wash, de­odor­ant over the stink never works, if you are a smoker in­vest in hand san­i­tizer, and no amount of gum will mask the whiff of al­co­hol that proves you’re a partier, hun­gover, or day­time drinker. What you smell like on that day is proof of what you’re al­ways go­ing to smell like.

Chew­ing bub­ble-gum First of all, many peo­ple find chew­ers an­noy­ing. You don’t know if your in­ter­viewer will be, but rather don’t risk it.

Se­condly, talk­ing with gum in your mouth is as bad as talk­ing with food in your mouth. You’ll have the in­ter­view­ers think­ing you have no man­ners.

Fi­nally, chew­ing gum makes you look dis­in­ter­ested, con­ceited, and lazy.

And for the love of all that’s good in the world, do not un­pack and eat your lunch there ei­ther! dis­re­spect­ful,

Sit­ting on your phone Mil­len­ni­als have a tough time prov­ing that they aren’t phone-ob­sessed . So no mat­ter what you’re do­ing on your phone (even if you are catch­ing up on the lat­est in your in­dus­try) it’ll just look like you’re tex­ting, on some friv­o­lous so­cial net­work or choos­ing the best fil­ter for your lat­est selfie. Rather take along a book, or start read­ing one of the mag­a­zines avail­able in the wait­ing area.

Worst case sce­nario: your in­ter­viewer is the par­ent of a teenager. Can you imag­ine how an­noyed they’ll be right off the bat if they see you’re phone-ob­sessed too? Im­me­di­ately they are al­ready see­ing that you’re go­ing to waste pre­cious com­pany time. Of course they are prob­a­bly wrong about you but you shouldn’t even want to risk it. Put off your data, put your phone on silent, and tuck that baby away.

Your de­meanour No mat­ter how im­pres­sive your CV is, it means noth­ing if you don’t carry your­self well.

Yes, this means you need to per­fect your body lan­guage but also your fa­cial ex­pres­sion, your mood, and your in­ter­ac­tion with all staff mem­bers.

Whether you’re dy­ing of hunger, ex­as­per­ated from rush­ing, ner­vous for what lies ahead, or an­noyed from the fight you had with your sis­ter that morn­ing, you have to push all that mood­i­ness aside.

For the next hour of your life every­thing is sun­shine, rain­bows and roses. Be po­lite to the re­cep­tion­ist, smile at ev­ery­one that sees you in the wait­ing area, and con­cen­trate on re­leas­ing that scowl. At the same time, don’t be all pageantry ei­ther (un­less your in­ter­view is for Miss South Africa, of course!), try­ing too hard will make you seem faux-pro­fes­sional.

Don’t speak down to any per­son you en­counter in the of­fice and don’t com­plain about your day. You never know who the hir­ing man­ager might ask for an opin­ion about or their first im­pres­sion of you.

Oh, and carry your­self with con­fi­dence, not en­ti­tle­ment. — Ca­reers24.com

IT’S not just about what hap­pens within the four walls in the pres­ence of the in­ter­view panel

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